BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 5-26-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Katrina Wright won the District 3-AAA discus gold.

TRACK AND FIELD

The progress of Greencastle-Antrim’s Katrina Wright continued on the district stage last week as she not only won two more district medals, but captured the top prize by taking district gold in the discus. The senior Blue Devil was fourth in both the District 3-Class AAA discus and shot put in 2009. Wright came in seeded first in the discus for the 2010 tournament and didn’t disappoint. While her winning toss of 129-9 was nearly 13 feet short of her all-time best, it was also two feet better than second place.

Wright followed up her gold with silver. Fourth in the shot put last year, Wright also upped her stock in this event. She hoisted the orb 38-5.75 for runner-up honors to the winning throw of 41-1.5. Wright’s performance punched her ticket for another PIAA State Championships in both of the throws. She was third in the discus and fifth in the shot during the 2009 state championships.

The thrower will have company at states from her Blue Devil team. Junior Alex Yoder finished seventh in the 200 meter dash and in the process set a school record time of 22.47. That time was set in the preliminary round and his finals placement qualified him for next weekend’s state championships.

Yoder had a busy weekend. He also competed in the 100 and two relays. The 400 relay team with Kevin Piper, Trentin Dixon and Jacob Statler not only medaled with an eighth-place finish in a time of 43.45, but it was a state-qualifying performance. Yoder teamed with Chris Kinzey, Jesse Herman and Greg Boyer in the 1600 relay. The quad also finished on the district podium with seventh in 3:25.34. Kinzey also competed in the 400 and clocked a 50.96 for 12th. Yoder advanced to the semifinals in the 100 with a time of 11.32, but short of a spot in the finals.

G-A was also well represented in the javelin. Freshman Nakita Gearhart threw 115-9 for sixth place, just short of state qualification, and senior Rachelle Piper was 11th with 107 feet. Another freshman, Ashton Rockwell, got some solid experience by running in the 100 high hurdle event. She clocked a 16.7.

SOFTBALL

The G-A varsity softball team had a fine warmup for the start of its run in hopes of repeating as district and state champs. The Blue Devils went into the field of Mid-Penn divisional champs as the lone Class AAA team and came out of it with the gold medal. G-A last won the Mid-Penn Tournament in 2007, the first year the event was held.

The Devils delivered the goods in a pair of closely contested games, shutting out Central Dauphin 2-0 and then edging Lower Dauphin, 2-1 in the final. Sophomore Rachel Kline tossed a two-hitter in the championship tilt and got the key hit from Jenna Crunkleton that plated the only two runs the Devils would need. Crunkleton and Katy Bobbitt each had two hits in the game. Kline fanned 10 with one walk for the win in the circle.

A day earlier the Devils used a two-hitter from Autumn Appleby to move to the championship game. The junior Kd 14 of the Central Dauphin batters in the process with three walks. The two Ram hits didn’t come until the seventh inning. G-A scored its runs in the bottom of the fourth on consecutive RBI doubles from Crunkleton and Kali Ball. Crunkleton again had two hits in the game. Wendy Wolff also had a pair.

G-A goes into districts with an 18-4 overall record and is the fifth seed in the tournament. Its quarterfinal opponent will be 12th-seeded Twin Valley.

BASEBALL

The Blue Devil varsity baseball team’s foray into the Mid-Penn Conference Tournament was a tough draw and G-A fell 7-2 to highly-regarded Cedar Cliff in the semifinal round. The Devils had gone into the event on a 15-game win streak. Despite the run coming to an end it was still a good tuneup for the team going into this week’s District 3-AAA tournament.

The Colts came into the conference event as not only the winner of its Mid-Penn division, but as the top seed coming into the District 3-AAAA tourney this week. Still G-A put up the first run in the game. Cole Sellers delivered a sacrifice fly in the third. Cedar Cliff broke out in the fourth with a four-spot and added to it in the next two frames. G-A rounded up its second run in the sixth, driven in by Andrew Zeger, but it was too little, too late. G-A got a 2-for-2 offensive effort from Devin Schaeffer. Four Blue Devil pitchers got work on the day. Dylan Schaeffer was saddled with the loss.

G-A heads into the district tournament with an overall record of 18-3. The Devils are seeded third in the tourney and will face 19th seeded Hamburg in the quarterfinals.

Greencastle-Antrim is shown with the gold medals from the Mid-Penn Conference Tournament.